The Institute for Urban Education began in 2005 as a 4-year undergraduate urban teacher preparation program, the first of its kind in the United States.

When the IUE began, the program was a support program for undergraduate students who were seeking degrees in elementary or middle school education. Innovations that have been part of IUE from its inception include:

  • Recruitment of students from urban communities and students of color
  • Rigorous admissions criteria, including research-based selection process
  • Increased field experiences and exposure to urban schools and classrooms
  • Focus on understanding the culture and context of urban schools and communities
  • Focus on building on the strengths of urban students and families
  • Focus on culturally responsive teaching
  • Relationships with students, families and education professionals
  • Cohort model and high professional standards

The first cohort of IUE graduates completed their program in May 2009 and began teaching during the 2009-2010 academic year. 100% of teachers in the first cohort who became certified are still working in education today!